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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Now Google Terminators - Ain't Life Grand?

The Google Terminator is Coming
Believe me, Google and the military are not 
spending mountains of cash in order to make 
Terminators to flip burgers at McDonalds. 

(London Daily Mail)  -  It is a terrifying sight - 6.2 feet of metal with a plastic body that can walk, run, jump and even open doors.

This is latest version of the Atlas robot created by Boston Dynamics, a Google-owned robot firm.

Later this year, seven of the robots will compete in a 'robo oylmpics' - designed to recreate natural disasters the robots could one day be sent into.

A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the final event of which will be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in California.

Aside from the previously announced $2 million grand prize, DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team. 

DARPA expects at least twenty teams to compete in the DRC Finals. 

'The goal of the DRC is to generate groundbreaking research and development in hardware and software that will enable future robots, in tandem with human counterparts, to perform the most hazardous activities in disaster zones, thus reducing casualties and saving lives,' it said. 

The teams using the DARPA-developed Atlas robot will use an entirely new version, which is battery powered for the first time. 

The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb.

The robot boasts 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision, and is one of the most advanced robots ever created.

Atlas will also now carry an onboard 3.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, with the potential for one hour of 'mixed mission' operation that includes walking, standing, use of tools, and other movements. 

Read more: Daily Mail 

Google Terminators

Google Buys Scary Military Robot Maker

Terminator: Genisys (2015) - HD 

Behind Google's Robot Army

(PC Magazine)  -  Google already has self-driving cars, while futurist Ray Kurzweil is working on machine learning and language processing projects. Should we really worry that it has now acquired Boston Dynamics, maker of chemical-weapon-resistant robot soldiers and all-terrain mechanized pack-mules? Or should we trust that it will abide by its "Don't be evil" motto?
Google's robot initiative is one of the search giant's moonshot projects; future-looking efforts that don't fit in with Google's original search mission or its revenue-generating advertising, like extending our lives and creating balloon-powered Internet access. Now, that could include building a robot horde.
Heading up the robotics effort is Andy Rubin, who's turned his attention from Android to full-on humanoids. A recent New York Times story about the former Android chief's new role starts ominously: "In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner." In it, Rubin is vague about Google's robot plans, except to point out that they're useful for manufacturing and logistics solutions. As to whether that means the Moto X factory line workers will one day be replaced by robots is still anyone's guess.
Whatever the robots are meant for, there are certainly more of them now that Google owns eight robotics companies, all of them purchased in the last few months. The types of robots vary: some of them work in Hollywood, while others are made to serve. A few of them are able to pull their weight and then some.
Take a look at just what robotics companies Google has bought lately in the slideshow. Should fear that Skynet is coming or if we need someone to defeat those evil machines? You be the judge.

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Terminator Genisys

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